GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich said during a Friday campaign stop in Gulfport, Miss., that ABC's new series "GCB" (Good Christian Bitches), exemplifies anti-Christian bigotry and the "bias of elite media."
“Look at the new show that's on that has the word Christian in it, and I want you to take the exact name, drop out Christian, and put in Muslim,” Gingrich said. “And ask yourself is there is any network that would have dared to run a show like that and you know the answer is not a one.”
“Anti-Christian bigotry is just fine in the entertainment industry, but they have to be very protective of Islam,” the former House Speaker noted.
Christian and conservative groups have condemned the show, including Kraft Foods, Inc., who has pulled its Philadelphia Cream Cheese advertisement from the program.
“GCB” features Southern Christian women who go about their days acting badly while they simultaneously justify their wrongdoings with lines from scripture.
Robert Harling, creator of “Sex and the City” and writer of the films “Steel Magnolias” and “First Wives Club,” is responsible for the show's creation.
Harling was recently quoted in the New York Post as proclaiming that he is “a card-carrying Presbyterian.”
“We are addressing American life right now and it’s a wonderful opportunity. There are all sorts of things going on in America under the name of religion,” Harling said.
Kristin Chenoweth, one of the show’s lead actresses, has assured the public that she, too, is a Christian.
Recommending that viewers give the show “a chance,” Chenoweth told The Hollywood Reporter, “You just can't judge a book by its cover.”
“I certainly wouldn't do anything that would make fun of my own faith,” the actress added.
The series is based on a book by Kim Gatlin by the same name. After the initial announcement of the series, the network evidently took great pains to homogenize the show’s title by reducing it to an abbreviation.
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